King & Queen of the Mountain
The Green Mountain Gap KOM & QOM Challenge will be…Lincoln Gap!
Inspired by the bucket-list LAMB (Lincoln Gap, Appalachian Gap, Middlebury Gap, and Brandon Gap) gap ride we created the toughest mixed surface Fondo in the northeast. After a successful inaugural event, we felt there needed to be something unique to inspire our participants. We discovered the profile of many of our riders suited a challenge. In 2015, we introduced the King & Queen of the Mountain (KOM & QOM) segments. The real test will come on Lincoln Gap, with a 24% maximum grade and an average grade of 15%, the east side of Lincoln Gap is reported to be the steepest paved mile in the U.S., according to Bicycling Magazine (June 2008). Just recently, GCN included the Lincoln Gap as one of the top 9 steepest climbs in the World! Don’t forget to turn on your Strava. Good luck.
The first KOM & QOM challenges were introduced in 2015. Back then we relied on Strava results and that was great but, we were unable to hand out any awards the-day-of, so in 2018 we stepped up our timing to full event chip timing and at the same time introduced the Gap Challenge, a selected gap as a timed segment. For event 2018 we used the Lincoln Gap as our first Gap Challenge! For 2019 we will again be timing a select segment on one of the most challenging gaps and awarding trophies for the top three men and women. We will announce the Gap Challenge gap 4 weeks prior to the event date.